• Cathy Cathy
    May 08, 2008
    How long do kidney stones last?
    Cathy Cathy
    May 08, 2008

    I have a kidney stone somewhere between my kidney and my bladder.  The right side of my back has been sore for 2 weeks so far.  At times I have extreme stabbing pain (pain level 9 to 10) and other times I have just constant pain (pain level 7 to 8).  But the pain is always there.  Last time I experienced this it took about a month total for it to be out of my body?  How long does it normally take?  Let me know.




  • Dr. Amy Thomas May 23, 2008
    Dr. Amy Thomas
    May 23, 2008

    On average, kidney stones pass between 1-3 weeks after symptoms begin, but more than half pass within 4 weeks. It's important to drink plenty of fluids and take the pain medication recommended by your doctor.



  • Shameel September 15, 2009
    September 15, 2009


    I am 29 years old i am suffering with Kidny stone for a long time. and i have been using Cystone tablets for a 4 month with my doctors advice.

    but still i am not get well. so how long do i have to use this tablets?

  • wordsword3 April 23, 2012
    April 23, 2012

    The smaller the stone, the faster it will probably pass. If it's a uric acid stone (gout), you can sometimes help to melt them with potassium citrate or lemonade. If it's calcium, they say that doesn't help as much. You didn't really say what kind of stone it was. All of them are supposed to be helped with plenty of fluids to increase solubility and prevent more growth. Usually you want a low sodium diet because that passes calcium and contributes more super saturation.


    Infection struvite stones are sometimes kind of irregular shaped and are supposed to be problematic because they often staghorn into the kidney where they don't pass, so I'm assuming your doctors advice was to let this pass. so it's probalby calcium or uric acid.


    I had one before and it passed when I drank lots of fluids. There is some theory that more fluids push on the stone and could cause more symptoms. One study suggested they pass either way, but I lean more towards having more fluids because it seemed to help me.


    You definitely want to be hydrated though, because dehydration causes more stone growth.


    The symptoms are caused by the stone so you're going to have to work on the pain managment and hydration. The alternative is pushing large instrumentation into your ureter which they usually do not do unless it's greater than 7mm or you have a risky kidney situation, like solitary kidney, diabetes, etc.


    It's so invasive they have to leave a stent in place for weeks so your ureter doesn't not colapse, and stents usually cause pain, infection, bleeding and incontenance that usually resolves after removal.


    As for The urethra. Entering in a male is tighter so it can be profoundly painful and damaging to the urethra, especially in younger patients.

    • wordsword3
      April 23, 2012
      April 23, 2012

      By entering the urethra, I ment instrumentation of the urethra. Instrumentation causes infection and stricture. As painful as it is I'd go with passing the stone if anyone reading this is male or younger. Much more horrificaly painful than a stone, and damaging.

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